Section 49.25(10) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure directs that a cremation “certificate” be requested by the owner or operator of the crematory and provided by the Medical Examiner’s Office of jurisdiction before cremation can occur.
A cremation certificate (permit) can be requested during normal business hours by sending a request and a copy of the Facts of Death Verification Sheet via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax: 817-920-5730
In accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code §193.002, the death certificate is required to be filed by the “person in charge of interment.” Although the medical examiner physician certifies the death, the medical examiner’s office does not file the death certificate. A death certificate may be obtained from the funeral home that handled final disposition of the remains or, using the links below, through either the local Bureau of Vital Statistics Registrar in the city where the death occurred: Tarrant County Vital Records or the Bureau of Vital Statistics office in Austin, Texas: Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics
For the quickest service, funeral service providers having questions regarding death certificates should email: Death Certificate Information
Alternatively, calls may be made to 817-920-5700 ext. 8338.
For Next-of-Kin and Other Parties:
After the decedent's examination is completed, any associated test results or reports are received, and the examination report is finalized and transcribed, one non-certified copy will be made available free of charge to the decedent's nearest legal next-of-kin. A certified copy for the next-of-kin or any other party is available; click here for the current fee (Item 22050). To request a copy of an examination report, complete this form and return to the Records Custodian at email@example.com. When the manner of death is ruled as Homicide, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner Records Custodian will submit the request for the report to the District Attorney's Office.
Send all general inquiries to: MEPIO@tarrantcounty.com.
For reports on cases where the manner of death is ruled as Homicide, or in-custody deaths, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the District Attorney's Office approval.
For additional information, please call: 817/920-5700, Ext. 8336 or 8679 (Records), or Ext. 8340 (PIO).
Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office
200 Feliks Gwozdz Place
Fort Worth, TX 76104-4919
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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